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Welsh Named UW Social Justice Research Center Director

January 23, 2012
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Kate Welsh is the new director of the UW Social Justice Research Center. (UW Photo)

College of Education Professor Kate Muir Welsh has been selected as the second director of the University of Wyoming's Social Justice Research Center.

The center promotes scholarly activity by faculty members, students and staff related to social justice, without regard to the departments or disciplines of the people involved, said UW Provost Myron Allen when announcing the appointment.

The center is supported by a private endowment-generated budget of $50,000 a year to advance UW's scholarly contributions; bring visiting scholars and distinguished speakers to UW; and support other activities to create and disseminate knowledge and perspectives on social justice. Since its 2007 inception, the center has supported initiatives such as the annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice and the students' Good Mule Project.

A faculty member in the UW Department Elementary and Early Childhood Education since 2002, Welsh received a Ph.D. in education from the University of California-Los Angeles and a B.A. in biological sciences from University of California-Berkeley.

Welsh has worked closely with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson and the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at UW.  She has chaired the Shepard Symposium Planning Committee for several years and is an accomplished researcher in her discipline, having published in scholarly journals, contributed to books on education research and presented her research at numerous professional meetings.

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